Livers Donated after Cardiac Death are Safe to Use in Liver Cancer Patients on a Transplant List

Newswise: Mayo Clinic

Newswise — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That’s because most transplant centers predominantly use livers from donors who die from brain death.

But in the largest study of its kind, transplant physicians at Mayo Clinic in Florida have found that liver cancer patients have the same beneficial outcomes using organs donated by patients who died of cardiac death. The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Transplantation.

“Our program has one of the largest experiences in the world with liver transplants using donations after cardiac death,” says the study’s lead investigator, transplant surgeon Kristopher P. Croome, M.D. “We now know that these organs effectively offer new life for patients with liver cancer.”

“I believe this study firmly and finally answers the question as to whether liver donations after cardiac death are as viable for patients with liver cancer as livers from donors who die from brain death,” he says. “They are.” Continue reading

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